We have something different for today’s Good News Monday — a book review. Not only is it getting a good review, but the entire book is good news about a very important topic.

Two weeks ago, I was in the audience as Joel Manby spoke at the Southeast Tourism Society Spring Symposium on the subject of leadership. Mr. Manby is the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, which manages theme parks around the country including Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta and Dollywood in Tennessee. He was also on the CBS reality show Undercover Boss.

Love Works. Seven Timeless Principles or Effective Leaders is skillfully written by an executive with close to 30 years experience in the business world, including time in the grueling automotive industry. From the first page it is obvious that this book — indeed, this cause of creating effective and principled leaders — is personal to Mr. Manby. This is not a book of theories. It’s a book of values. The underlying premise is that honest, ethical actions by a leader result in a better bottom line for an orgaization. Every principle offered by the author is backed up by real-life examples. Some great ideas and terrific stories make this an easy read that I recommend for anyone in a position of authority.

I have long believed that the world needs more leaders. Mr. Manby believes the world needs better, more ethical leaders. I think we’re both right.


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